Why it is important
Varying your exercise helps to prevent boredom associated with doing the same things, workout after workout and to avoid or delay reaching a plateau in workout performance. Variety helps to increase adherence which is important for sustaining physical exercise throughout life. Varying workout routines also helps to balance out stress on joints and ligaments, which in turn helps to prevent overuse injuries. For workout on a higher level, varying exercise helps to balance increase in muscle size and helps to increase maximal strength, which may also lead to improved performance.
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Category: Physical healthResearch
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